Apologies if you thought that nastiness was directed towards you, I thought it would be clear that only one person was deserving of that ire. No, we’re cool. I had tried to write my comment in a way where I was echoing and supporting what you offered, but clearly I didn’t pull it off.
In terms of life cycle, we’re always at the end of our life and either being in it or looking back on it, whether we’re 20 or 80, because we’re always in the present; but perhaps it’s more precise to say that Usher is figuring out adulthood and dealing with childhood traumas and maturity in a way that is very specific to the mid-20s.
And everything in the show is written as present tense; it’s not a memory play, he’s not looking back on this 15 years removed. Even as Jackson has gotten older, Usher has stayed the same age.